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Five Uncommon Benefits of Yoga

We all know that yoga increases flexibility and helps control stress, but are you aware that this practice can do so much more than that? Probably not. But those less known benefits are as real as yoga itself.

If you’ve been planning on learning yoga but need more reasons to get started, the following should give you that final push:

Strengthens Immunity

A Norwegian study has shown that yoga changes gene expression in a way that enhances immunity at the cellular level. And it doesn’t take long before the changes happen. Researchers say this can even occur while you’re doing your moves. Just by improving your general health, yoga is already making your immune system stronger. As your breathing gets better, so do your movements and blood circulation, thus ensuring that all your cells are getting proper nutrition.

Relaxes Migraine

Studies indicate that migraine attacks can come less frequently and painfully after just three months of regular yoga. The cause of migraine has not been scientifically established, but according to experts, it could be linked to mental as well as physical stressors.

Improves Sexual Performance

In a study, 12 weeks of yoga can improve libido, sexual performance and overall satisfaction for both men and women. How? On a physical level, yoga increases blood flow throughout the body, and this includes the genital area. We know that this is important to arousal and maintaining an erection. Additionally, increased blood flow also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles known as themoola bandha. On a mental level, a person’s sexual performance is improved by yoga’s breathing and mind control exercises.

Helps Improve Sleep Quality

A Harvard study was conducted and it was found that insomniacs experienced an improvement in their quality of sleep just after eight weeks of daily yoga. In a related study, researchers also found that cancer survivors slept better and felt less fatigued with regular twice-a-week yoga sessions. This can be linked to yoga’s ability to fight stress. Sleep problems are not so different from anxiety. With yoga’s breathing and mental techniques, you can teach your mind to go easy, and that will help you improve your sleep.

Curbs Appetite

According to a study at the University of Washington, regular yoga helps a person adopt mindful eating habits and develop a general awareness of the emotional and physical aspect of eating. Finally, one of the best benefits of breath awareness is its ability to strengthen mind-body connection. This awareness allows you to be in touch with deep-seated emotions that you have subconsciously attached to certain cravings; as a result, you slow down and make better decisions each time those cravings set in.

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